About Us

The VEG Philosophy

Veterinary Emergency Group has one focus:


Emergency is all we do, and that’s why we do it best. VEG is a true partner with your primary vet, acting as an extension of their practice for after-hours emergency care.

When it comes to emergency veterinary medicine, VEG is also an excellent place to work. We take pride in our staff members and the value they bring to our hospitals and the communities we serve.

Helping People and Their Pets
When They Need It Most


Call and Speak to a doctor


See a Doctor Right Away before any paper work


Stay with Your Pet through all phases of treatment


We Sit on the Floor or wherever your pet is most comfortable

The Communities We Serve

In addition to providing our unique brand of emergency medicine, we also assist our communities through VEG Cares, a non-profit organization that has partnered with the Veterinary Care Foundation. All donations go towards:

  • Pets in need of life-saving care
  • Families in financial distress
  • Local animal rescue organizations
  • Victims of natural disasters

To donate, please visit one of our VEG hospitals or mail a check* payable to:

Veterinary Care Foundation
16550 NW 46th St,
Morristown, FL 32668

*Include “VEG Cares” in the memo, along with the city of your local VEG hospital.

Meet our Founder

Dr. David Bessler is a long-time veterinarian with experience in many specialty animal hospitals. He also spent time as a wildlife and nature educator for children, cared for reptiles at the Bronx Zoo, and taught “Introduction to Veterinary Medicine” courses to elementary school children at the American Museum of Natural History.

Dr. Bessler had a vision to revolutionize emergency veterinary medicine, where it focused on client and patient experience. In 2014, he purchased the first VEG hospital, which allowed him to bring his vision to life.

Dr. Bessler is passionate about helping people and especially loves helping children discover the same sense of wonder he feels every day. As Dr. Dave on Sesame Street, he uses his love of animals to teach children about caring for their pets.

Dr Bessler in black hoodie